July 6, 2012

Dispatches

Video from WGME-TV 11 p.m. Thursday newscast

From staff and news services

(Continued from page 2)

click image to enlarge

Surveillance image of woman police say robbed the TD Bank on Maine Mall Road.

click image to enlarge

Kendra Drinkwater, right, her daughter, Sage, 9, and her mother, Paula Marquis of Portland, do some biking Thursday along Back Cove in Portland.

Jill Brady/Staff Photographer

Police looking for suspect in stabbing during brawl

Police are seeking a suspect in a stabbing on Main Street during the city's Fourth of July fireworks show.

Police said officers were called about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a stabbing. Witnesses told police that two women got into an argument that escalated into a physical altercation with several people involved.

At some point, a third woman intervened and stabbed an 18-year-old woman in the back and neck. A 42-year-old Glenburn resident who stepped in was cut on the hand.

Officials said both victims' injuries were non-life-threatening. The assailant was described as a white woman with a rugged appearance and shoulder-length red, curly hair.

AUBURN

School board member calls for healthier free breakfast

A member of the Auburn School Committee is questioning the district's free breakfast program because she says it offers students too many sugary cereals and insufficient protein.

The program was launched in April with the goal of getting more children to eat breakfast. Experts say students perform and behave better with a full stomach.

Committee member Tracy Levesque said some parents are concerned about the sugary cereals offered, and her son is among the children who eat a healthy breakfast at home and then eat the sweetened cereal at school.

She said that offering more protein would sustain students through lunch. Food Service Director Paula Rouillard said the cereal selection is being reviewed.

The School Committee is scheduled to decide next week whether to continue the program.

ROCKPORT

Animal shelter raising funds to double size of its facility

Officials with the Pets Are Worth Saving shelter of Rockport are trying to raise $1 million so the shelter can double in size and accept more animals.

The shelter, which used to be known as the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League, recently bought 2.5 acres on Camden Street where it intends to build a 4,000-square-foot building.

The Bangor Daily News said the 3,000-square-foot facility that was built in 2000 would either be refurbished or torn down and rebuilt, depending on which is less expensive.

Administrative Director Lisa Dresser said the existing shelter is over capacity and sometimes must turn animals away.

The shelter accepts animals from Camden, Rockport, Belfast, Islesboro, Lincolnville, Northport, Searsmont and Liberty.

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt.

FairPoint offering rewards for tips on copper thefts

FairPoint Communications is offering rewards to help find the people responsible for a series of copper thefts across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

FairPoint says the copper thefts have cost the company $20,000 in Vermont alone. Copper thefts are on the rise across the country because of increasing prices for metals.

FairPoint Security Manager Marc Lussier said the thefts are a growing public-safety concern that could cause a loss of service for people who need emergency services. There also is concern that an untrained person removing cable could be injured.

FairPoint is offering rewards of as much as $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for the thefts. The size of the reward depends on the severity of the crime.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)